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July 3, 2012

The Macallan Breaks a World Record

By Pardhasaradhi Gonuguntla

New York, New York – Reported by Elite Traveler, the private jet lifestyle magazine

Guinness World Records has awarded the accolade of “Most Expensive Whiskey Sold at Auction” to The Macallan. Now the definitive world record holder, The Macallan’s 64-year-old single malt, the Cire Perdue, sold at auction for $460,000, with 100 percent of the proceeds benefitting charity:water, an organization that provides access to clean and safe drinking water to over 30,000 people in developing nations.

Coveted by bidders, the one-of-a kind Lalique crystal decanter housed the oldest and rarest Macallan ever bottled by the distillery, a 64-year-old single malt whiskey. The historic auction took place at Sotheby’s in New York in November 2010 and was the culmination of a 12-city “tour du monde” of the decanter.

David Cox, director of fine and rare whiskeys for The Macallan commented, “We are absolutely thrilled to have been awarded the Guinness World Record for the most expensive whiskey sold at an auction. This major accolade from such a world-renowned and respected organization proves once and for all that The Macallan is the world record holder. We had a phenomenal response around the world to this very special and rare decanter and I feel it is a fitting tribute to the inspiring project which managed to raise a staggering $600,000 overall for charity.”

Silvio Denz, President and CEO of Lalique, commented, “We are enormously proud of this world record we share with our friends at The Macallan, with whom we have successfully collaborated since 2004. Over the years our crystal decanters, which are entirely handcrafted by our glassmakers, have proved hugely admired and sought after by whiskey consumers and connoisseurs, as well as collectors of Lalique crystal and lovers of beautiful “objets d’art.”  This latest achievement, which was realized through the lost-wax moulding technique, is testament to the exceptional quality, artistry and longstanding tradition that is shared by both Lalique and The Macallan.”

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